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Conference on COMPETING MOTIVATIONS (November 23-25, 2010)

Abstract selection committee

  • Wolfgang U. Dressler
  • Bernd Heine
  • Brian MacWhinney
  • Andrej Malchukov
  • Edith Moravcsik
  • Gereon Müller
  • Frederick J. Newmeyer

Complete list of papers [pdf]

Author-alphabetic list of all papers

Ben AMBRIDGE (University of Liverpool):
The formation and restriction of linguistic generalizations: a competition-based account [pdf]

Mira ARIEL (Tel Aviv University):
Or constructions: monosemy versus polysemy, coding versus inferencing [pdf]

Markus BADER (University of Konstanz):
Deriving the weight of syntactic constraints from experience [pdf]

Ina BORNKESSEL-SCHLESEWSKY (University of Marburg):
Cognitive attractors in language processing? Evidence from neurotypology [pdf]

Silke BRANDT (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology):
Children’s interpretation of relative clauses with multiple cues: what does case add? [pdf]

Sonia CRISTOFARO (University of Pavia):
Competing motivation models and diachrony: what evidence for what motivations? [pdf]

Helen DE HOOP (Radboud University Nijmegen):
Conflicting constraints from grammar and beyond

Holger DIESSEL, Karsten SCHMIDTKE-BODE, and Katja HETTERLE (Friedrich Schiller University):
Competing motivations for the linear structuring of complex sentences [pdf]

Wolfgang U. DRESSLER (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Gary LIBBEN (Austrian Academy of Sciences), and Katharina KORECKY-KRÖLL (University of Calgary):
Conflicting vs. convergent vs. interdependent motivations in morphology [pdf]

John DU BOIS (University of California at Santa Barbara):
Competing to Cooperate: Motivating the Grammaticization of Complexity [pdf]

Gwendoline FOX (University of Paris III), Juliette THUILIER, and Benoît CRABBÉ (both from the University of Paris VII):
Alternating the position of adjectives in French: an item-based phenomenon [pdf]

Elaine J. FRANCIS (Purdue University) and Laura A. MICHAELIS (University of Colorado at Boulder):
Combining weight and discourse factors to predict relative clauses extraposition in English [pdf]

Ljudmila GEIST, Dolgor GUNTSETSEG, and Klaus von HEUSINGER (University of Stuttgart):
Differential object marking competes with dative alternation [pdf]

Eileen GRAF (University of Manchester and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology):
SVO and OVS - really a case of competing motivations? Evidence from German child language [pdf]

Kleanthes K. GROHMANN and Evelina LEIVADA (University of Cyprus)
Competing factors for language acquisition in diglossic environments: languages, metalanguages, and the Socio-Syntax of Development Hypothesis [pdf]

Thomas GRÜNLOH (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and University of Cologne), Elena LIEVEN, and Michael TOMASELLO (both from Max the Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology):
German children use prosody to identify participant roles in transitive sentences [pdf]

Martin HASPELMATH (Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie):
On system pressure competing with economic motivation [pdf]

John HAWKINS (Cambridge University and University of California at Davis):
Competing motivations in grammar, performance and learning: common principles and patterns in three areas of language [pdf]

Bernd HEINE (Universität Köln):
Two Competing Systems: Sentence Grammar vs Discourse Grammar [pdf]

Johannes HELMBRECHT (University of Regensburg):
Politeness distinctions in personal pronouns – a case study in competing motivations [pdf]

Rachel HENDERY (Australian National University) and Antoinette SCHAPPER (Leiden University):
Competing motivations in diachronic perspective: the case of doubly-marked relative clauses [pdf]

Mary HUGHES (Boston University) and Shanley E. M. ALLEN  (University of Kaiserslautern):
Competing constraints in the acquisition of referential choice [pdf]

Caroline IMBERT (University of Grenoble):
Competing motivations in path-coding systems: a case study from an ancient language [pdf]

Vsevolod (Volja) KAPATSINSKI (University of Oregon):
Regularity is overrated: stochastic competition in grammar and the primacy of the lexicon [pdf]

Grzegorz KRAJEWSKI (University of Manchester), Elena LIEVEN and Michael TOMASELLO (both from the Max Planck Institute for  Evolutionary Anthropology):
The role of word order and case marking in Polish children’s comprehension of transitives [pdf]

Monique LAMERS (University of Amsterdam) and Kees DE SCHEPPER (Radboud University Nijmegen):
Argument linearization in Dutch and German: a multifactorial approach [pdf]

Bingfu LU (Nanchang University):
Greenberg’s tetrachoric table as the simplest interaction model of two motivations

Brian MACWHINNEY (Carnegie Mellon University):
How competition works across time [pdf]

Andrej MALCHUKOV (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology) and Edith MORAVCSIK (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee):
Competing motivations: what, how, and why? [pdf]

Britta MONDORF (University of Mainz):
(Apparently) competing motivations in morpho-syntactic variation [pdf]

Ignacio MORENO-TORRES, Maria del MAR CID, Santiago TORRES (University of Málaga), and Rafael SANTANA (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria):
Constraints on prosodic word development in typically developing children and in early cochlear implant users [pdf]

Ilana MUSHIN (University of Queensland):
Jockeying for position: competing motivation in Garrwa word order [pdf]

Gereon MÜLLER (Universität Leipzig):
Local domains for competition resolution

Wataru NAKAMURA (Tohoku University):
Morphological syncretism in declension paradigms: a harmonic grammar account [pdf]

Bhuvana NARASIMHAN (University of Colorado at Boulder), Christine DIMROTH (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics), Cecily Jill DUFFIELD, and Albert KIM (both from the University of Colorado at Boulder):
Competing motivations in ordering ‘new’ and ‘old’ information: a psycholinguistic investigation [pdf]

Geoffrey S. NATHAN (Wayne State University):
How are sounds stored? [pdf]

Frederick NEWMEYER (University of Washington, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University):
The grammar as a “competitor” in language contact and change [pdf]

Martin PFEIFFER (University of Freiburg):
Formal vs. functional motivations for the structure of self-repair in German [pdf]

Günter ROHDENBURG (University of Paderborn):
Testing two processing principles with respect to the extraction of elements out of complement clauses in English [pdf]

Caroline ROWLAND (University of Liverpool), Claire NOBLE (University of Manchester):
Competing cues in the acquisition of semantic roles: new evidence from the dative in English and Welsh [pdf]

Tatiana Yu. SAZONOVA (Northern Illinois University, Kursk State University):
The winner gets it all: strategies for object naming in Russian [pdf]

Yasuhiro SHIRAI (University of Pittsburgh) and Yoko SUZUKI (University of Tokyo):
The acquisition of the Japanese imperfective aspect marker: what do children do when universals and input frequency compete? [pdf]

Jan STRUNK (Ruhr University at Bochum):
A statistical model of competing motivations affecting relative clause extraposition in German [pdf]

Michael TOMASELLO (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology):
Competing cues to transitivity in child language acquisition

Ruben VAN DE VIJVER and Dinah BAER-HENNEY (University of Potsdam):
The role of containment and rules in the acquisition of underlying forms [pdf]

Jacolien VAN RIJ, Hedderik VAN RIJN, Petra HENDRIKS (University of Groningen):
Linguistic and cognitive constraints on the use of referring expressions [pdf]